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Australian Sculpture "Graham" Shows What a Car Crash-Resistant Human Looks Like

Despite advancements in technology such as the introduction of seatbelts, airbags, and collision avoidance systems in cars, the force of a car accident is still often too much for the frail human body to handle, resulting in countless fatalities every year. But what would our bodies look like if they were specifically engineered to cope with the impact of a traffic collision? Thanks to a road safety campaign created by Victoria, Australia’s Transport Accident Commission, we now know the answer.

Meet Graham, an interactive, life-sized humanoid sculpture designed with the physical features needed to survive high-impact, high-speed motor vehicle crashes. Created by trauma surgeons, crash investigation experts, and local artists in Melbourne, the grotesque-looking silicone sculpture possesses all of the unnatural characteristics that humans would need in order to walk away from a wreck unscathed, including a flattened face, no neck, an enlarged skull with increased cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments to protect the brain, hoof-like legs with added joints, knees that bend in all directions, and an ultra-thick ribcage with natural airbags.

“The truth is that cars have evolved a lot faster than we have,” crash-test expert David Logan explains in a video documenting Graham’s design. “Our bodies are just not equipped to handle the forces in common car crashes.” Artist Patricia Piccinini, the main sculptor behind Graham’s creation, commented further on the sculpture’s purpose, stating that “This is an artwork, and it needs to connect with the audience on an emotional level while still communicating some very serious ideas.”

The sculpture was designed over the course of a year and cost roughly $200,000 Australian to be created. Graham is currently being displayed at the State Library of Victoria until August 8th, after which he will be taken on a tour to various locations around Australia. For those who are unable to see him in person, a full 360-degree view of the sculpture can be found online.

Having become an internet phenomenon practically overnight, Graham has sparked an international conversation about the dangers of car accidents and has serves as a chilling reminder of the need to exercise extreme caution while behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision caused by another driver’s negligence, contact the Tangipahoa Parish personal injury attorneys at Anderson & Boutwell today. With more than 60 years of combined legal experience, we can provide the aggressive advocacy you need to recover the compensation you deserve.

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